Murphy Middle School's Riley Dockery applies the tag to Martins Creek's Ruby Boehm in the bottom of the fifth Wednesday. The Lady Bulldogs went on to defeat the Lady Hornets, 19-6.

Murphy Middle softball downs Martins Creek

    Martins Creek – The Murphy Middle School Lady Bulldogs struck early and often Wednesday at Martins Creek, ultimately claiming a 19-6, five-inning victory in the process.
    Murphy got the ball rolling with a seven-run top of the first, which was sparked by a one-out single from McKinley Nelson. Alyssa Steel and Riley Dockery both walked to follow, before Kayli Lewis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and back-to-back RBI singles from Christy Lawson and Alli Grove put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 3-0. Four bases-loaded walks before the inning concluded brought home Lewis, Lawson, Grove and Ansley Hogsed.
    Murphy padded its lead in the top of the second, on a one-out single from Hogsed that scored Lewis, who had tripled to begin the inning. Martins Creek cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame, when Allison Woody led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.
    The Lady Hornets continued to sting away, as Delilah Ownbey came home in the bottom of the third on a two-out single from Olivia Cook. The Lady Bulldogs then got their bats hot again in the fourth, when Sowerby grounded out to score Lawson and Nelson attained an inside-the-park home run that also scored Grove and Jersey Schwalm.
    Out front 12-2, Murphy continued to add insurance in the top of the fifth, as Lewis grounded out to plate Dockery. Ashlee Sills later scored with one out on a wild pitch, before a dropped catch in left field allowed Hogsed, Sowerby and Schwalm to sprint across the dish. Lewis later connected for a two-out single that brought home Ashlyn Stroupe and Dockery, before a groundout put a stop to the Murphy offense.
    Martins Creek cut down the 19-2 deficit in its last three outs, as consecutive bases-loaded walks scored Caroline Carringer and Ruby Boehm. A duo of wild pitches then gave Woody and Hannah Cowart to rush home, before a grounder ended the game.
    Schwalm tossed 4 1/3 innings in the game, striking out eight Lady Hornets. While on the hill for Martins Creek, Woody struck out five Lady Bulldogs.
    The two teams met again after Tuesday's press deadline.
    The only other Cherokee County middle school game to take place last week was a baseball affair between Murphy and Martins Creek. The Bulldogs came out of the game with a 21-3 win.